The New Marine Operations building at Port Botany reflects a commitment by Sydney Ports to create high quality and environmentally sustainable buildings. The four storey building houses a variety of functions including administration, port navigation and emergency/incident response. Jackson Teece worked with builders AJ Lucas Operations for both the base builing architecture and interior fitout of the project.

The site, a narrow strip of land between road and wharf, has largely driven the design and form of the building - distorted rectangular blocks which appear to slide over and under each other across the site. The upper commercial block cantilevers out dramatically at the northern approach, whilst the lower operational block stretches out southwards to envelop an existing building.

The main aspect is west, along the Brotherson Dock. This elevation is largely glazed to maximise the opportunity for views, whilst translucent vertical sun shades control heat gain. The corrosive nature of the air necessitates the building to be sealed and thus multi-service chilled beams have been utilised as part of an energy conscious servicing strategy.

The office facilities benefit from the slender commercial footprint of the new building. Working environments; comprised of purpose built desk & storage joinery which accommodate staff in working units of 4, are planned with a perpendicular orientation to the western facade, allowing for views over the operational port to all work spaces.

Storage joinery acts as work environment dividers, variations in height allowing for areas of privacy to be established within an open plan work environment. The height of joinery is planned according to localized work group requirement with colour allocated at random, to minimise a forced ‘pattern’ within the space.

A robust & colourful external physical environment is contrasted by a restrained internal colour palette of metallic greys & greens with the occasional flash of acid yellow. The fit-out never attempts to compete with the dynamic port environment, rather it provides relief and comfort.

The facility operates 24 hours a day in three work shifts and extensive breakout spaces are specifically finished with a domestic material palette. Veneers and terrazzo form the basis of various components; large group dining tables, built in sofas and storage joinery, with leather and patterned fabrics used to define specific areas of rest and leisure.


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